Meijer opened five new supercenters on July 9. The 159,000-square-foot stores are in Manitowoc, Wis., Sycamore, Ill., Bad Axe, Mich., and Brimfield and Lorain, Ohio.
“These new stores reinforce our ongoing commitment to serving the needs of communities at a time when everyone is looking for a one-stop shopping experience,” said Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes. “We look forward to providing our customers with fresh options and innovative ways to shop so they can get the items they need while keeping their families safe.”
The new stores are currently operating under adjusted hours, with exclusive hours for seniors, customers with chronic health conditions, essential service workers and team members, as well as maintaining strict coronavirus safety measures. Inside stores, safety decals will be visible on the floor where customers typically gather, and protective plexiglass shields are at every checkout station. Additionally, team members receive daily health screenings and temperature checks, and are recommended to wear masks. Customers are requested to wear face coverings consistent with applicable state or local guidelines.
“Throughout the past few months, our Meijer team members have worked diligently to prepare these new stores amid unprecedented challenges, and for that we are all proud and inspired,” Keyes said. “Our store teams are ready to keep our stores stocked and provide the cleanest shopping environment possible as we work together in the new communities that have welcomed us.”
The retailer expects the various digital shopping solutions it has developed will be equally popular at the new stores as they have been across the Midwest during the past few months. Customer usage of Shop & Scan, which allows shoppers to scan barcodes via a mobile app and bag their items as they shop, has made checkout easier. The Meijer Home Delivery and Pickup services have also helped encourage social distancing in communities it operates in.
Known for grocery options such as more than 600 varieties of farm-fresh produce, 150 USDA-certified organic items and a full-service meat department, the new Meijer stores also offer a pharmacy and general merchandise items more often found in specialty stores. That includes everything from women’s apparel—with on-trend styles in every size, on the same rack, at the same price—to beauty care, an expansive baby department and a pet department that offers 200 pet toys, 500 varieties of treats for dogs and cats and premium pet foods.
The new stores also donated $150,000 to 16 charitable organizations in its new communities.